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Darren's Euro goal

Posted on 3 January 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Darren Anderton admits there is one thing missing from his career as he approaches the 400-game milestone - European football.

Should the stylish midfielder's make an appearance at Southampton on Saturday he will rack up his fourth century with 77 games chalked up for Portsmouth and 323 for Spurs.

In that time he's reached the pinnacle of the game.

The CV makes pretty impressive reading - played (and scored) in World Cup tournaments, European Championships, 30 England caps, cup finals, a host of semi-finals and 58 goals.

But there is still the drive to accomplish more - and that means European football at Spurs, a final career goal he believes he can achieve this season.

"I think European football is the only thing missing," he reflected at Spurs Lodge. "If I can stay injury free and play European football at club level and hopefully here, that would be great

"I've said before that I believe we can do that this season. We're in there but we should be in a slightly better position than we are at the moment. Our last couple of results have been disappointing and we didn't deserve to lose either. We have to bounce back though."

Darren was injured when we returned to the European stage in the UEFA Cup in 1999 and it is a sign of frustration for him that the dreaded 'I' word will always follow him around.

But he insisted: "To have played that many games means I must have done something right. It is nice, especially with all the injuries as well, that I've played that many.

"A lot of people only talk about the negatives but when I look back, I've done a lot of the things I've always wanted to achieve, so in that respect I'm very happy. I'd have settled for it growing up as a kid."

Still only 30, Darren believes he can follow in the footsteps of the likes of team-mates Teddy Sheringham, Les Ferdinand and Gus Poyet and play at the highest level for a few more seasons.

He added: "In terms of stamina and fitness I think I'm pretty fit and I look after myself in the right way.

"I don't see why I couldn't keep going for a good while yet. You only have to look at players here like Teddy, Les and Gus and I don't see why I shouldn't follow that."